So you want a home gym? Chances are you might already have one if you go by my definition of “home gym.”
As far as I’m concerned, a home gym is a broad term referring to any area in your home you reserve for working out. Yeah, I know, it’s broad. As a result, I’ve determined, in my humble opinion, there are three kinds of home gyms.
1. Bare Gym Studio
Do you do yoga, aerobics, or workouts where your body-weight is the sole equipment? Is the space dedicated to it? If you answer yes to both questions, you have a floor-based home gym.
2. Exercise Cardio Equipment Home Gym
An exercise cardio equipment home gym is pretty basic. It’s any room or space in your home you place a cardio equipment such as a stationary bike, rower, or stepper, etc. Some people do only cardio for a workout and that, in my view, is a home gym.
3. Weight Resistance Training Gym
When you visit fitness equipment retailers the “home gym” section is filled with resistance training gym equipment. These types of gyms are the contained resistance training systems or free weight equipment you can buy. I classify weight resistance training home gyms as three types:
(a) Weight training equipment that uses cantilever arms with weight plates. This is generally my favorite type of weight lifting equipment (although I use all types in my regimen). Cantilever training equipment is simple – you pull, push, and lift the arms with weight plates being the resistance.
(b) Machine-style weight lifting equipment. Machine style lifting equipment uses pulleys and a cable(s) that lifts weight stacks when you do your movement. Most machine-style weight lifting equipment targets a specific muscle group (as does most lever-arm weight lifting equipment).
(c) The tried and true weight lifting equipment is free weights. Many people create home gyms with free weights. It’s pretty cheap if you stick to the basics – a bench, a dumbbell set, and a barbell set. This was my first home gym. In fact, my first home gym was a dumbbell set where I could add and remove weight plates.
Whatever your workout space contains in your home, if you designate it as a place to pump iron, run on a treadmill, or do yoga, you have a home gym.
The great thing about home gyms is you can always make them better.
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